Dianne White

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

April 17, 2017

ReaderKidZ welcomes Karen Jameson with today’s guest post: “Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.” This quote, by children’s author and poet Lucille Clifton, inspired the title of Kwame Alexander’s latest poetry offering, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (Candlewick, March 2017). Published just in time to welcome Poetry Month, this gorgeous picture […]

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Play

March 15, 2017

  The first graders in Posey’s class are reading about bees and plan a play to share what they’ve learned with the other first grade classes. Caitlyn certainly knows a lot about bees. Her mother’s even given her a small yellow eraser in the shape of a bee.  “Who cares about an old eraser?” Posey says […]

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Make Way for… Buddy and Earl!

February 22, 2017

  Make room, Elephant and Piggie. Step aside, Frog and Toad. Picture book pals, Buddy and Earl, have arrived on the scene! When Buddy, an unassuming dog, and Earl, a clever hedgehog, meet in book one of the Buddy and Earl series, all bets are off. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, passing an otherwise […]

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The blending of fiction and nonfiction

February 19, 2017

  If I were still teaching in the primary grades, students would definitely find FARM FRIENDS ESCAPE! (Animal Planet Adventures#2) by Gail Herman and DOLPHIN RESCUE (Animal Planet Adventures #1) by Catherine Nichols on my bookshelves. Each 10-chapter book introduces readers to a pair of protagonists (cousins Luke and Sarah in Farm Friends Escape, and siblings Maddie and Atticus in Dolphin […]

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Somebody Loves You…

February 13, 2017

  Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but isn’t every day the perfect day for letting somebody know you care? Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz (S&S, 1991) is what I like to call an “oldie but goodie.” It’s been shared with children for over 25 years! In a time in our […]

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Bears, Bees, and Flamingos

February 8, 2017

  Poetry is perfect for any age, and today’s post introduces readers to a new series of board book poetry perfect for young readers.  Flamingos Fly and Bears are Big are just two of the four books in the “Animals Play” series by Douglas Florian (Little Bee Books, 2017). Brightly colored illustrations by Barbara Bakos bring a […]

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

February 1, 2017

  Estefania “Stef” Soto has been trying to get her Papi to stop bringing her family’s taco truck, Tía Perla, to Saint Scholastica School for months. Doesn’t he understand that hardly anyone gets picked up from school by their parents anymore?  Stef just wants to be like all the other kids. When Julia, her once-upon-a-time friend, calls […]

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